• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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African Story Wine Tours
Daytrips to the Winelands
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Pemba Dive and Bush Camp
Chill out in your beachfront chalet or sea-view room in this eco-friendly estate in Pemba. A great place to explore the best of Mozambique's coral-rich waters.
(Pemba Mozambique,Mozambique)

African Array Backpackers Lodge
At African Array you’ll experience all the beauty, wildlife, culture and all the adventure that you came to find in South Africa.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)

Timbavati Safari Lodge
Minutes away from the Orpen Gate.
(Hoedspruit,Limpopo)

Tekweni Ecotours
Tours in Durban and out in the bush and mountains.
(Durban ,Durban)

Mfihlo Guest House and Backpackers
Situated in the rural village of Bhomela in the South Coast of KwaZulu – Natal, Mfihlo backpackers is ideally situated close to the Oribi Gorge and Lake Eland nature reserves, blue flag beaches and the towns of Margate and Port Shepstone.
(Port Shepstone,South Coast)

Travel Bug Safaris
Here's a bug you'll want to catch.
(Windhoek,Namibia)

Bamboozi Backpackers
Bamboozi Backpackers are hidden in the heart of coconut groves next to the beach. Pitch a tent or enjoy their eco-friendly dorms or chalets.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)

OverlandingAfrica.com
365 departures a year, on-line booking and a comprehensive web site.
(Northern Beaches,)

Myxo’s Cultural Tours
Myxo’s Cultural Tours
(Manzini,Swaziland)